June 14, 2018

Hirono: Admiral Harry Harris Will Serve Our Country Well as Ambassador to South Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced Admiral (Ret.) Harry Harris during today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea. Admiral Harris previously served as the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

From Senator Hirono’s remarks:

“I first met Admiral Harris just before he assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2013. Over the past five years, I’ve gotten to know Admiral Harris and appreciate the open, supportive, and candid relationship that we’ve developed. He and his wife Bruni Bradley have become part of our Hawaii ohana.

“In Admiral Harris, we have someone who is tough-minded and clear-eyed with tremendous military experience and someone who is very resourceful and focused on the task at hand. Admiral Harris’ expertise in the Indo-Pacific region, his leadership experience, and engagement with a variety of stakeholders in the region will stand him in good stead as our Ambassador to South Korea.”

Senator Hirono emphasized the key role that the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea could play in reaching an agreement to a permanent, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea.